The introduction of the new IRATA Training, Assessment and Certification Scheme (TACS) changed the requirements for IRATA logbooks as of August 1, 2014. Currently IRATA only accepts hours obtained after August 1, 2014 if they are signed off by a level 3 IRATA technician. Prior to August 1, IRATA hours could be signed off by a supervisor.
Log books are issued by either SPRAT or IRATA respectively and should be maintained by every working rope access technician. The purpose of the logbook is to record the number of hours engaged in rope access activities, and the type and variety of work undertaken. This is particularly important for rope access technicians wishing to upgrade their rope access certification. It is important that logbooks be filled out on a regular basis and that they are as detailed and accurate as possible. Proven fraudulent misuse or alteration of a log book may result in the suspension or withdrawal of SPRAT or IRATA certification.
60° — 57.7 %
90° — 70.7 %
120° — 100.0 %
130° — 118.3 %
140° — 146.2 %
150° — 193.2 %
165° — 383.1 %
170° — 573.7 %
175° — 1146.9 %
179° — 5729.65 %
179.5° – 11,459.19%
180° — ∞
A static load with a mass of 100 kilograms has a weight of about 0.98 kN on earth. Therefor at an angle of 179 degrees a mass of 100 kilograms would exert about 56.15 kN force to each anchor.
What is technical rope rescue, low angle recue and high angle rescue?
“Technical Rescue” generally refers to a category of specialized skills covered by the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA®) Standard 1006 “for Technical Rescuer Professional Qualifications” and NFPA 1670 “on Operations and Training for Technical Rescue Incidents”. These standards are used by fire fighters and rescue professionals throughout North America and cover technical skills such as; rope rescue, swiftwater, confined space and trench rescue.
Rope rescue is a subset of technical rescue that involves the use of static or low-stretch, nylon or polyester ropes, anchoring and belaying devices, friction brake devices and rope grabs, pulleys and other equipment for lowering systems and mechanical advantage haul systems
The new harness is approximately the same weight as the old, and may actually be about 50 grams heavier. Petzl says the AVAO line of harnesses was “designed for greater comfort in any situation: fall protection, positioning and suspension” and that “the X-shaped dorsal construction wraps the body to reduce pressure points during prolonged suspension.”
Canadian Rope Access Specialists has made the Rigg Access List of “Recommended companies – A guarantee of quality service, and first choice for many”. We are one of the very few companies to get this recommendation in our region, and the only company in our province.
I often find myself amazed at the general perception of rope access as being something unsafe. Countless times people unfamiliar with the practice have stated to me things like “I don’t see how that can be safe”, “Is that safe?”, “Aren’t you scared?”. As a paramedic who understands the resources required to deal with an automobile accident, the irony of these types of comments is not lost on me, especially after driving down a gnarly remote forest service road with steep drop offs just to get to the site.
Automobile accidents are the leading cause of death for people under the age of 40. Without immediate access to medical care, auto extraction and over the bank rescue your chances of surviving a serious one are dramatically decreased. Every day countless people get into their cars without a second thought and take a risk which I feel is far greater than anything in the rope access industry.
Just some advice to anyone seeking IRATA certification; There are still some companies out there who are falsely claiming they can offer IRATA rope access training and certification. It is important to point out that only IRATA Member Training companies can legitimately offer this training. Please check with IRATA before signing up for any training to ensure the training company is a member in good standing. Additionally it is a requirement that technicians seeking certification have 32 hours of training under an IRATA level 3 before their independent exam by an IRATA assessor.
The new 2012 Edition of NFPA 1983 has replaced the term ‘light use’ with the term ‘technical use’ throughout the standard to reflect current terminology.
TECHNICAL USE equipment is intended for use by proficient technicians who are capable of determining appropriate load and safety factors, and of using the equipment within those parameters.
From Connor Turley…
“Folks there seems to be some confusion surrounding who can sign your logbook so here is something I wrote recently to an email I received;